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Hospital Mix 6
Hospital Mix 6
Price: £16.22

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technically and musically supreme, 13 July 2008
This review is from: Hospital Mix 6 (Audio CD)
Another year, another cracking mix of Hospital's freshest cuts. Following on from London Elektricity's effort last year, it's another super slick mixing sesh cramming in 29 tracks in total.

The mixing is very good, especially considering that this is a recorded live mix of Cyantific's on three turntables. Many of the mixes add new dimensions to the tracks, noticeably in the mix between High Contrast's "If We Ever" and Muffler's "Mermaids" where the lyrics meld with Muffler giving it a completely different vibe. Genius. Another mix worthy of mention is the euphoric mix between Nu:Tone's "System" with bonafide anthem "Flashback". Can't help but smile every time.

All the usual suspects are here: High Contrast, Logistics, Nu:Tone, etc. but there are some welcome additions by Commix (Scarlet is a masterpiece) and Makoto. Danny Byrd has also hit back with old skool rinse "Shock Out" which adds new edge to the Hospital sound.

The Hospital sound has changed a lot over recent years, maybe into a direction I'm not such a fan of. Unlike preceding Hospital mixes, this CD is not full of the trademark liquid/rollin' sound. There is some of that, but at some points the sound gets a bit too hard for my liking (eg. "Disconnected" - Cynatific) although Makoto, Logistics and Commix all have their own brand of beautiful rollin' DnB on there.

Regardless, this is one of those albums I'll be playing over and over for the next couple of years. Technically and musically, Cyantific has blown all other DnB DJs out of the water. For a fiver, a must buy.


Fabriclive 35 (Marcus Intalex)
Fabriclive 35 (Marcus Intalex)
Price: £10.00

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beauty at 170bpm, 1 Jan 2008
I've heard many a deep rollin' drum and bass mix album but this is the first time I've ever listened to such well thought out, beautifully mixed, journey through 170bpm sound. Songs flow into each other effortlessly, using melodic mixing that shows up most other DJs. The mix drifts through many different styles effortlessly: Deep & rollin' with thoughtful lyrics, driving techy basslines, dark dub, massive wobbly basslines (Perez & Lynx coming up trumps with Allegiance), inspired percussion (Pacific Heights has the best percussion production I've ever heard) and flowing liquid. At the end, one must take a moment to reflect on the journey you've taken. The dreamy strings of "solitary native" create an ending with a nostalgic feeling similar to something Nightmares On Wax would create, but in drum and bass form.
This is the most beautiful album I own: spread the love.


Fabriclive 37
Fabriclive 37
Price: £14.91

8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lazy, 1 Jan 2008
This review is from: Fabriclive 37 (Audio CD)
As a DJ, to be given this chance to represent a genre to many people who would never have heard it otherwise, would be priceless. But what do Caspa & Rusko do... create a half arsed mix that doesn't really go anywhere. Their mixing is pretty brutal, lots of just slowing down the record, playing some movie line and then next song. Lazy. Even worse is the mix between "look at my eyes" and "fun house"? Are they taking the piss? It's embarrassing. It is evident that they have put no thought into where the mix is heading, or what tracks flow with each other, thus for the main 50 minutes you get slowed down "jump up" DnB with generic British gangster quotes.
As far as track selection goes, they redeem themselves with a few corkers. "Cockney Violin" is a class tune, the steppy grimey sound of "Africa VIP" is tasty and "Beta Max" is quality, shame it's ruined by D1's cheesey "I'm lovin"
It's easy to get excited by a new genre, but if Fabric released a full on hardcore DnB mix it would get slated when there are the likes of the epic Marcus Intalex mix out there.
Dubstep has major potential; hopefully fabric will pick some decent DJs to showcase it in the future.
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Fabric 36
Fabric 36
Price: £13.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hypnotically funky, 23 Sep 2007
This review is from: Fabric 36 (Audio CD)
Another genre notch on the dance music belt.
Microhouse anyone?
I have to say I was very surprised when I first whacked this CD on. The first track is just glitchy noise. It sets you up for what's coming though; a slowly evolving hypnotic mix of original material made just for this mix album (all made by Villalobos). I'm fairly open minded about music and I recommend anyone who buys this is as well (unless you're a microhouse junky), but don't let me put you off, this album (and specifically the track "andruic and Japan" with its African drumming) is infectiously funky. It's certainly not a party mix but it's class to chill out/do work to.
Free your mind and let this CD hypnotize you


FABRICLIVE34: Krafty Kuts
FABRICLIVE34: Krafty Kuts
Price: £15.17

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best funky breaks mix ever, 21 Jun 2007
From the outset you know this is gonna be one high octane, funky mix. Krafty Kuts has been voted best DJ at Breakspoll for 2 years (I think) running, and this mix really showcases his amazing skills as a DJ. The mixing is flawless of course, some pretty wicked scratching going on and the way he drops acapellas its unbelievable... it sounds brilliant. Track selection is top par, featuring some of the biggest tunes at the moment and a couple of unreleased tracks from Plumps and Lady Waks & Hardy Hands to name but a few. Its not all about big names, however, and the pace of this mix is perfect.

Unlike other breaks mixes (eg Freestylers) this is totally accessible to anyone if they have never heard breaks before this is a brilliant introduction to the genre, whereas maybe some of the others were slightly harder and more inaccessible.

A lot of work has gone into creating this beast... it is a definite party starter. Put it on, whack up the volume and groove your ass off!


FABRICLIVE25: High Contrast
FABRICLIVE25: High Contrast
Price: £17.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uplifting and damn good, 30 Aug 2006
From the beginning and the first drop at 8Ball you can tell you have bought one phat drum n' bass album that is still as amazingly uplifting as high society. Cyntific's ghetto blaster and flashback are two tunes and Jenna G's Woe is so uplifting as well as Strength 2 strengh, and its nice to get a touch of good vocals in a Dnb album. This album has so many great tracks in it, it just represents everything good about drum n' bass. A must buy for any person into good music.


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Offered by The Music Warehouse
Price: £5.89

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grower, 7 May 2006
Listen to this album a good few times before you think of rating it. Yes the first song is interesting... as is the last. Besides these blemishes there is some really nice uplifting music to be found. Personal favourites being "is this love" and "heavy metal" and the more relaxing "Blue turning gray". This album really is quite nice but maybe not as brilliant as all the hype suggests. Worth a buy if you want to listen to some decent music. Hopefully their second album will fulfill the hype.


Journey To Anywhere
Journey To Anywhere
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mmm good rap, 27 July 2005
This review is from: Journey To Anywhere (Audio CD)
Wow! I am not really one for rap music but Jurassic 5 lured me in. Think "Power in Numbers" and double its greatness. This album is amazing, hats off the young einstein, the genius behind all the beats. The loops are some of the best I have ever heard and it alternates adding and taking away parts making the track sound varied, take notes crappy comercial rappers. And then we get to the lyrics. Truly inspirational, funny, clever, and just so je ne sais pas. Made by masters of this genre, this is one hip hop album you cannot miss.


The Chariot
The Chariot

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some amazing live stuff, 13 July 2005
This review is from: The Chariot (Audio CD)
I'll admitt it, I did buy this single thinking it was the album. Very embarassing but to my surprise besides the brilliant song "the Chariot" there are four tracks of brilliant live music. "Excerpts from Jazz Sesions" is such an amazing song (that is not on the album) with the build up of each instrument into a song that is truly amazing. Salsa...Jazz...Reggae...Ska...damn good music. This is worth buying for the great live stuff on there and you will be made to dance. Or you could just see them live, mmm live


Resignation
Resignation

5.0 out of 5 stars Even more progress, 8 May 2005
This review is from: Resignation (Audio CD)
I have had this album for about a month now and at first I prefered Progress a lot more. Songs like "sell you beautiful" (in 5/4 time, you wont get it out of your head) and "mastering the list" stood out and the way RX Bandits have started messing around with timing to give a truly individual album. The progress from pop-punk to rock/hardcore is very welcome to my ears as I felt "progress" was too poppy in places. Instead this is a truly individual album, an amzing listen with uplifting lyrics, great guitars, superb rhythms- you'll know what I mean if you buy it- and individual horns and... glockenspiels. This album will make you move, buy it.


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